To the people of New Zealand. We ask you to write urgently to the Minister of Health, Hon Tony Ryall requesting that he decline the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology [ACART] to allow for embryonic stem cell research to be conducted on so- called “spare” human embryos stored in IVF clinics in New Zealand. Human embryos are members of the human family and are endowed by their Creator at conception with an inalienable right to life. The proposed research entails the destruction of these tiny human beings. It is estimated that there are an estimated 7,000 human embryos in storage in New Zealand. The recommendation was made to the Minister in 2008. Mr Ryall advised our Society in January 2010 that he had not yet made a decision on this important human rights issue. Research worldwide on human embryos has not produced any treatment that would benefit mankind, while research on ethically obtained stem cells from sources that do not entail the destruction of human life have produced many cures. In the event that the Minister approved the recommendation of ACART the next step would be to approve the creation of human embryos specifically for stem cell research. This is a further manifestation of a culture of death. Please speak up on behalf of those without a voice. The Ministers address is Parliament Building, Wellington, no stamp required.
For Right to Life Executive